The Recovery Department is responsible for the design, production and testing of all systems tasked to guarantee the safe touchdown of all the launched equipment. Therefore, we are mainly in charge of producing the rocket’s drogue and main parachute, the double event initialization system, and the guided recovery assembly for the payload bay.
The design phase consists mainly of the estimation of the stress loads that the components withstand during the descent phase, while the parachute system slows the rocket down to a soft landing. Our innovative solutions always have to be mindful of the specifications of all other departments for the correct integration of the entire project.
We handle most of the production phase internally, but the components and tools we use are provided to us by our munificent sponsors, who provide us with resources of the highest quality. Furthermore, we often work on prototypes to research new and optimized solutions to improve our recovery systems.
Testing is a critical part in our project’s workflow to guarantee a correct working for our systems. We conduct assessments such as wind tunnel analysis, drop test from aircrafts and tensile strength evaluation, which allow us to determine the maximum stress forces that the system can endure without endangering the mission.